Public bodies are vulnerable to hacking – government needs to step up to protect them

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Barely a month passes in 2017 without some kind of IT failure hitting the headlines, but the hacks, leaks and breaches that make the news may represent just the tip of the iceberg. An investigation by the i newspaper has revealed that public bodies such as hospitals, councils and museums…


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Apple issues cyber warning for iPhone users, issues security patch

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Apple issued a new warning after a new hacking threat. The tech giant says there is a new cyber threat, but has taken steps to thwart the attack. FOX Business Network’s Tracee Carrasco reports, “Apple has now issued a critical security patch for all iOS devices and for Mac computers…


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With Hacking and Phishing, All is Not Well; We Can Lose More Than We Can Imagine!

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When Adam Draper of Boost VC talked about how he lost $50,000 on January 14th, 2015, he could not take rage out of those who took his cash. Reason? He did not know who did it. Of course, that was a lot of Money, and that was his lesson! The…


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“Siren” botnet silenced after spamming Twitter users with porn links

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A social media botnet that spammed Twitter accounts with links to pornographic content sent out more than 8.5 million posts from 90,000 unique accounts before it was neutralized, according to a new report. The botnet, dubbed Siren (as in the seductive mythical creatures who lured sailors to their doom), generated…


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Smart fish tank helped hackers infiltrate a casino

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Internet-connected gadgets can be great, but they’re not without their risks. We’ve seen warnings over poor IoT security from watchdogs and the government alike, and we’ve seen multiple instances where poor security has resulted in various data breaches. The latest example of this risk comes from a North American casino…


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Ransomware, hacking and espionage: five global cyber attacks

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With valuable content and well-known brands, the media, entertainment and technology industry has been the target of some high-profile cyber breaches from a range of attackers. Netflix 1 May 2017 Netflix found itself embroiled in an extortion attempt by The Dark Overlord, a hacking group that attacked post-production company Larson…


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Nasty Bug Left Thousands of Internet of Things Devices Open to Hackers

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Security researchers have found a new bug that would allow hackers to take full control of several types of Internet of Things devices. Hackers could hijack thousands of Internet of Things devices around the world, such as security cameras, due to a flaw in a piece of software used by…


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You can buy password stealing malware ‘Ovidiy Stealer’ for $7

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Researchers at Proofpoint recently discovered a mass-marketed malware called Ovidiy stealer whose main purpose is to steal passwords from victims. It is the first of its kind as it is being sold online at a low price which is between $7 to $13. A simple yet threatening malware It is…


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Using the Dark Web to Your Advantage – The Why, How and What of Cyber Security

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We have just witnessed two significant ransomware / malware attacks in as many months that caused a lot of disruption to businesses globally. Some like TNT are still struggling to recover at the time of writing this whitepaper (10-07-2017). What surprised most was how organisations were caught out again with…


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Hackers incorporating legitimate software to increase a malware’s potential

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Malwarebytes has discovered a new cyberattack modus operandi that has hackers incorporating legitimate apps into their malware to make it stronger and accomplish specific tasks. Although the cybersecurity firm did not name the malware used as an example in its report, the company did note that this hacking methodology is representative…


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Millions Of Verizon Customers’ Account PINs Leaked — Here’s Why You Should Still Have One

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If you’re a Verizon customer who’s called customer service in the past six months, it’s probably a good idea to update your PIN, or the four-digit billing password that protects your account from people trying to impersonate you over the phone. An Israel-based company called Nice Systems, a Verizon partner,…


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German military aviation command launches cyber threat initiative

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The German military’s aviation safety chief has launched a new initiative against cyber threats, citing research that he said shows hackers can commandeer military airplanes with the help of equipment that costs about 5,000 euros ($5,700). A defense ministry spokesman told Reuters that development of new “aviation cyber expertise” would…


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Hackers threaten to send Android users’ private photos and messages to all their friends and family

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Thousands of Android users are being held to ransom by a new strain of malware known as LeakerLocker. The so-called ransomware is being used by hackers to extort victims by threatening to leak their personal information to all their contacts unless a ransom is paid. This information could potentially include…


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What are Isis hackers up to now? United Cyber Caliphate dabbling in malware creation

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Islamic State (IS) hacking divisions made headlines last year as reports on their alleged hacking spree and kill lists emerged. Pro-ISIS hackers made headlines again recently after defacing several international government websites, indicating that the extremists group’s cyber division may be levelling up their skills and expanding their target base….


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Why Adobe Flash Player Is A Favorite Target For Hacking?

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The fact that many vulnerabilities have been linked to Adobe Flash Player simply indicates that it has been the favorite target of hackers. However, you might have wondered why this ever happened anyway. Here are top reasons that might interest you. High Installation Rate Although Adobe Flash Player has a…


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Weakening encryption is an attack on our freedom

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In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in London, there is a renewed attempt by global governments to increase surveillance of the internet. Taking aim at encryption, Malcolm Turnbull stated that, despite it being “a vital piece of security for every user of the Internet … encrypted messaging applications…


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Mexican government uses malware to spy on journalists and political opponents

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On June 19, a report by the New York Times and research center Citizen Lab revealed that Israeli software purchased by the Mexican government was used to spy on prominent journalists and human rights activist in the country, including one minor. The software, known as Pegasus, collects all communications of…


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Why children are 53x more likely to have their identity stolen

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The Better Business Bureau is telling people how they can avoid identity theft in the future. Sandra Bowden joined us during WQAD News 8 at 11 Wednesday, July 5. She says children are 53 times more likely to get their identity stolen than adults. She says children won’t often use…


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Plugins and social media links leave websites more open to compromise

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Adding extra features like plugins and social media links makes websites more likely to be compromised according to a new report. The study by website security company SiteLock finds that sites with between one and five plugins have 1.5 times more chance of being compromised than the average site. More…


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China Shuts Down Popular VPN Services to Make Great Firewall Stronger

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Online Privacy has been one of the biggest challenges in today’s interconnected world, as the governments across the world have been found censoring the Internet, stealing information and conducting mass surveillance on innocent people. China is one such nation which always wanted to have a tight hold on its citizen…


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